The A-Z Guide to Knowing and Treating Acne
The A-Z Guide to Knowing and Treating Acne
Acne is such a sensitive topic for most of us, it’s a make or break situation. Let’s make life easier by breaking it down and finding ways to treat it.
Normally when you have an acne problem, you assume that the prime reason for it is the accumulation of extra oil on your skin that your body produces on a regular basis. Acne (more commonly known as pimples, whiteheads and blackheads) usually occurs when skin pores get clogged with dirt, bacteria and oil. Hormonal changes in the body is one of the biggest reasons for acne. It affects both boys and girls and is common among teenagers going through puberty and young adults. Stress and genes (family history) can also contribute to acne among adolescents and adults.
Though acne is directly caused due to the extra oil secretion on your face, dandruff is also a common cause for its occurrence. Dandruff, like acne, is also a skin condition that is caused through an overproduction of skin oil in our oil glands and hair follicles called sebum. Often, one follows the other (first comes dandruff, which leads to forehead acne in a lot of cases). Dandruff is a white, flaky dead skin formation on your scalp that extends to your face, including your eyebrows. Dandruff is hereditary too but can also form due to stress, having oily skin or in some cases, diseases like Parkinson’s and HIV. Although dandruff is associated with dry skin and cold weather, it is found in people who have greasy or oily scalp more often than not. Even though mild dandruff is not a threat to your body and can be treated by finding the right shampoo, a formation of dandruff on parts of the body other than your scalp can lead to other skin diseases and conditions, and a doctor/specialist should be consulted in such a case.
With Vedaearth’s Acne Control Combo that includes a natural Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, an Anti-Acne Face Pack and a Facial Oil, the onus was to arrive at a one-stop dandruff and pimples solution that looks at treating dandruff and acne simultaneously and not separately. The anti-dandruff shampoo has basil and lavender, that gets rid of any formation of dandruff and greasy scalp by cleansing the roots of the hair, and naturally conditions the hair. The face pack and the facial oil contain neem oil and turmeric, which are natural antiseptics that go deep into the skin and help get rid of the extra dirt, thereby reducing pimples and blackheads from your face.
Another cause for acne breakout could also be your dietary habits. An oily diet invariably leads to excess secretion of oil on your skin. We can safely say that skin is the first indicator of a good or bad diet. If your skin looks fresh, glowing and free of acne, then you are most likely watching what you eat and drink, in addition to investing in good skin-care products.
Reduce or avoid foods that have higher sugar content (known as foods with simple sugars) A higher-than-normal intake of sugar will cause the body to produce a hormone called insulin that helps to control sugar. Studies have shown that excess insulin can also stimulate the oil glands to produce more oil that could in turn cause acne.
Take off deep-fried snacks like chips and French-fries from your list because they will activate the oil or sebaceous glands to produce more oil which could trigger acne. While there is no conclusive evidence that establishes a definite correlation between food items like chocolate, fast foods and dairy products, some instances have shown that these foods may aggravate acne.
Foods that Help to Keep a Clear Skin:
Water: This miracle drink not only has zero calories and zero sugar, but also helps to flush out body toxins, which in turn helps to reduce pimples and acne. Without drinking enough water, toxins will accumulate that will cause skin pores to get clogged. The general advice is to have at least 8 glasses (or 2 litres of water) per day. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That’s about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man.
Eat more complex carb foods like: Whole wheat breads, barley, quinoa, legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans) and corn
Unlike simple sugars (or simple carb foods), complex carbohydrates not only have a higher fibre content (and therefore take more time to be digested and absorbed in the body), but also have less sugar content than simple carb foods. Less sugar in food helps to reduce acne.
Leafy greens and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A and C and antioxidants like: Spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, blueberries, pumpkin seeds and fatty fish
Some studies and data suggest that Vitamin A prevents skin pores from blocking, while Vitamin C helps to reduce excess oil.
It’s best to understand the underlying cause of acne. If the acne is due to stress or genetic reasons, then the appropriate treatment should be availed, under medical supervision. If your acne is due to hormones and excessive oil secretion, much of it can be controlled by including more water and foods high in vitamins and complex carbohydrates. At the same time, it is important to exclude sugary and oily foods. In addition to a good diet, skin hygiene is equally important. A good skin care brand will have products to help clear clogged skin pores, reduce acne/scars while boosting a fresh, glowing skin. Look for skin-care products that are not chemically harsh and paraben-free. The Anti-Acne Facial Kit from Vedaearth, is a 100% natural product to choose from Remember, ultimately good skin care is a result of holistic care – good diet, reduced stress (with activities like yoga and meditation) and good skin care.
Acne and dandruff are very common problems, and Vedaearth with their new product has come up with an uncommon solution that covers all bases, paving the way for you to experience optimal hair and skin health.